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NY Dropping Teacher Literacy Test Amid Claims Of Racism (High Percentage Of Blacks & Hispanics Fail)
Fox News ^ | 3-14-2017

Posted on 03/14/2017 4:51:22 PM PDT by blam

At a time when the United States has plummeted in the global rankings of education standards, one of the country’s largest states is poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers.

Citing the fact that an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing the test, members of the New York state Board of Regents plans to adopt a task force's recommendation to eliminate the literacy exam, known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test, given to prospective teachers.

The move to do away with the test has been met with mixed reviews. Supporters of the exam say that eliminating it could put weak teachers in the classroom, while critics argue the test is confusing, redundant and a poor predictor of who will succeed as a teacher.

"We want high standards, without a doubt. Not every given test is going to get us there," said Leslie Soodak, a professor of education at Pace University who served on the task force that examined the state's teacher certification tests.

The literacy test was among four assessments introduced in the 2013-2014 school year as part of an effort to raise the level of elementary and secondary school teaching in the state.

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KEYWORDS: arth; blacks; hispanics; literacy; race; teacherliteracy; teachers
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Aren't public unions grand?

If your can't pass the 'entrance' exam, scrap the exam.

Get your children out of these broken public schools.

1 posted on 03/14/2017 4:51:22 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Now you will have dumba##es teaching your children because they are black and Latino and thats it.


2 posted on 03/14/2017 4:52:42 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: blam

You just can’t “out stupid” bureaucrats and unions!!!!!


3 posted on 03/14/2017 4:53:34 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Dan Rather, a 60 Minutes Investigative Reporter for CBS, invented "Fake News"-fake but accurate.)
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To: blam

People with lesser abilities will guarantee students wth lesser abilities. But it is Leftist NY. Is anyone surprised? Dems surely don’t want an intelligent electorate, now OR in the future.


4 posted on 03/14/2017 4:56:04 PM PDT by originalbuckeye ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: blam

Plus, critics said, the test’s $131 price tag is too steep.


Sounds pretty cheap compared to a lifetime salary for an illiterate teacher.


5 posted on 03/14/2017 5:00:55 PM PDT by samtheman (ObamaGate = Watergate Squared)
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To: samtheman
"Sounds pretty cheap compared to a lifetime salary for an illiterate teacher."

And...they'll retire at a younger age with a higher pension than you.

6 posted on 03/14/2017 5:03:22 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Well! Well! WELL! Does anyone remember the “bell curve?” Yep...it’s there and it still applies to all who don’t have the intellect to actually learn.


7 posted on 03/14/2017 5:07:06 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: originalbuckeye
"lesser abilities..."

The unintended consequences of the liberal mind. In this case maybe even INTENDED. Lowest Common Denominator.

Bell Curve Ahead, slow down!



8 posted on 03/14/2017 5:12:00 PM PDT by apostoli ("When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination." - Sowel)
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To: blam

This country is so going to hell.


9 posted on 03/14/2017 5:13:10 PM PDT by beethovenfan (I always try to maximize my carbon footprint.)
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To: blam

It’s appalling that there is not a standard English proficiency and literacy test required for all schoolteachers in the USA, given the high levels of deficiencies reported. However, it must be the right test, well designed and thoroughly validated. The comment from the guy at the Manhattan Institute (not a lefty organization by any means) suggests that this may be a vague, lousy test. The proper response is not to do away with the requirement, but to get a better test.

It is truly astounding that there should be any issue at all about creating and requiring a competent test of this nature. As for “racial disparities” in testing, the solution is not to drop standards but to insist that ALL failing candidates work harder to improve their competence.


10 posted on 03/14/2017 5:13:27 PM PDT by Enchante (Libtards are enemies of true civilization!)
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To: grundle
Regents Drop Teacher Literacy Test Seen as Discriminatory
11 posted on 03/14/2017 5:13:42 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Who wants illiterate teacher trying to teach their children?


12 posted on 03/14/2017 5:15:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: apostoli

Facts are racist.


13 posted on 03/14/2017 5:20:21 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Bill and Hillary Clinton are the penicillin-resistant syphilis of our political system.)
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To: blam

Maybe they want the teachers to talk like Barbara Billingsley did in Airplane:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXSLcYQHqFQ


14 posted on 03/14/2017 5:32:00 PM PDT by OttawaFreeper ("If I had to go to war again, I'd bring lacrosse players" Conn Smythe)
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To: blam
Study: 4-In-5 Oklahoma City Students Can’t Read Clocks
15 posted on 03/14/2017 5:32:57 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
We want high standards, without a doubt.
100% lie.
16 posted on 03/14/2017 5:33:36 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: Enchante

...suggests that this may be a vague, lousy test.


So it’s a vague, lousy test that whites can pass better than black or Hispanics?


17 posted on 03/14/2017 5:38:25 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: Trillian

What are these perspective teachers learning in Teacher’s College? I suppose this is what happens when teachers are not allowed to correct pupil’s papers in red pen because it is “hurtful”. Or do not correct a pupil’s spelling because it interferes with his creative writing.


18 posted on 03/14/2017 5:43:57 PM PDT by matchgirl (Can you hear the people sing!)
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To: Trillian

What are these perspective teachers learning in Teacher’s College? I suppose this is what happens when teachers are not allowed to correct pupil’s papers in red pen because it is “hurtful”. Or do not correct a pupil’s spelling because it interferes with his creative writing.


19 posted on 03/14/2017 5:43:58 PM PDT by matchgirl (Can you hear the people sing!)
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To: Trillian

What are these perspective teachers learning in Teacher’s College? I suppose this is what happens when teachers are not allowed to correct pupil’s papers in red pen because it is “hurtful”. Or do not correct a pupil’s spelling because it interferes with his creative writing.


20 posted on 03/14/2017 5:43:59 PM PDT by matchgirl (Can you hear the people sing!)
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